We share the world with an extraordinary diversity of wildlife,
the breadth and depth of which is, frankly, wonderful. As our
ancestors traveled through the continents of planet Earth, they
encountered amazing animals in each new area they explored.
This “biogeography”—or how species are geographically
distributed throughout different natural habitats—is something
you can now experience for yourself in the following pages, by
discovering which animals inhabit each continent’s ecosystems.
It is the aim of this book to present a visually compelling
exploration of the world’s ecoregions by summarizing the
creatures that live there, as well as providing key facts about
their life cycles and biology.
More than 40 ecoregions are described in depth, and all are
complemented by a spectacular view of the animals—both the
familiar and the less well-known—that inhabit them. By grouping
species together within their natural habitats, it becomes easy
to spot the top predators in each one, as well as the variety of
creatures that live alongside them. Combining this global view
with the very best the world of wildlife photography has to offer
allows us to take you on a journey that can be completed in a
variety of ways, but always at your own pace, and in the comfort
of your home.
Most people are familiar with the animals, large and small,
that share the regions in which we live. The current age of easy
worldwide travel has allowed some of us to experience more exotic
parts of the globe, where the animals are unfamiliar, different, and
sometimes very strange indeed. Yet this diversity of habitats and
organisms is, sadly, diminishing as the world becomes ever more
populated with humans, and the impact of those increasing
populations takes a heavy toll on natural areas worldwide.
The more we can learn about the diversity of wildlife on our
planet, the easier and more effective it will be to design and
implement conservation programs that ensure we retain species
for future generations. As you make your way through this
stunning compilation of our planet’s amazing animals, enjoy
the wonder and spectacle of life on Earth and take a moment
to realize just how lucky we are to be a part of it—in our
own time and place.